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November was impressive

Taking a brief moment to pause and look back at November’s figures for the site, where we finally got round to giving it the full attention it rightly deserves, and the output it generates.

The purpose of ViveEcosse is to give a blogging platform relating to Scottish Independence to those who don’t really blog but have a voice or a topic they want to talk about. We hope first time contributors will jump back in and regularly contribute but sometimes it is a ‘message in a bottle’. Thank you to this months contributors.

While I’m in Paris on holiday, in a city and culture of holding government to account, with strong preservation of political and speech freedoms – it seems apt to share how successful November has been.

On the ‘Voices for Independence’ most popular list, we managed to crack into the top 10, placing 8th on the list for the last four weeks:

https://www.voices.scot/

We also are sharing our internal stats, which have slightly different ways of recording, so we’re going to go with our server level ones. One set for our secure site (the vast majority come in this way) and our non secure site (older devices, some vpns) – we attempt to push all to the secure.

Secure Site
Non secure site

WordPress throws them all together for us.

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Thanks for joining us folks! More great content in December.

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Big whoop Blackford

I’ll try not to be too negative but realistically does this shuffle matter? It’s not hard to see why those in the SNP group are disappointed, there’s not even a failed strategy to point to – in effect there never was a strategy to fail. 

Ian Blackford has been in with the Westminster furniture that long, the predictable faux outrage, the bore-fest questions, the fake “aha” moments. 

The underwhelming speaker and the underwhelming chair occupier of the third party having theatrical disputes, likely rehearsed before hand, wink wink, nod nod.

I struggle to figure out what we’re losing, the mighty SNP MPs sent to Westminster to “settle up not settle down”, seem to have gone meekly into the night. I think we once or twice got an expulsion – and a one time walkout to send some heat back to the Scottish papers. 

What do we achieve down there? What’s moved the needle? The polls are stagnated right where 2015 left them. What message has been sent? What was Blackfords leadership giving us? 

What do the millions of pounds worth of staff, offices and accommodation achieve? Let’s take a look at last week alone:

David Linden took a picture of his pile of letters, on top is a written paper response to an online survey. 

Tweeting it out proudly. In reality the tax payer picks up the bill for the photo stunt. First class postage obviously rather than the quick online form.

Could we not have used the entire SNP MP postage budget (circa £6k a year each) and asked every constituent to give us their view on independence, sending the prepaid envelope results straight to Downing Street or the monarch? 

Sure it’s against the rules, but what will they do? Kick you out? What progress would be lost? 

Onto another “Stronger for Scotland” warrior. Stewart McDonald, here being presented an award from the party leader. 

Presumably for never straying once from party lines, even ones in direct contradiction to the week before. Always loyally cheering on the absolute glacial pace of movement by the Scottish Government and the Westminster nodding dog society. 

In fairness there are some exceptions, Philippa Whitford puts in an incredible Parliamentary shift and occasionally heads home in down time to aid the NHS. Joanna Cherry KC got that bored with lack of parliamentary action she took the government to court and booted them back into shape with a decisive win. Douglas Chapman roams around every open door of ambassadors, home and abroad, trying to either build support for independence recognition, or plug in a ferry route making new trade possibilities.

However the latter are all self starters – none of this was a Blackford strategy or idea. None of it was driven or demanded. 

So I’m left looking for the impact of the Blackford leadership, I’m looking for what we’ve lost, and I find very little. At school more than a decade ago I got forced to sit and listen to pontifications by boring old men in suits about god and the religious world, I became an atheist. Blackford much like Robertson before him was an utter chore, listening was painful and the output was nil. 

He’s gone, off to join the other ex “grandees” – I wonder what the follow up to the mighty horse box of independence that Michael Russell trotted about with will be with Blackfords new independence focussed role. 

However I’m left thinking, off he goes, big whoop. 

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Podcast: Hello and Welcome

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Podcast available on Amazon Music, Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Anchor

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We do podcasting now

Upon reviewing the success of our first year as a blog for people who don’t blog, it was time to see what else we could stretch to! So the team at ViveEcosse decided to join the podcast movement.

We set out to have great audio and avoid that tinny sound you get when someone uses tools that aren’t best suited to podcasting, as an added bonus we have video with it.

Each podcast is available for free on Amazon Music, Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, YouTube and via the anchor.fm site which is where it’s hosted.

You can find all the links:

Amazon: https://music.amazon.co.uk/podcasts/e6dcadcc-8a60-4427-9e5b-2cc8fed4333d/vive-ecosse-podcast
Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/vive-ecosse-podcast/id1656622425
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2FPTnugaZjt6AiKDXLO3XB
Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9kMGVjOGY0NC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw
YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC_LUfIM3wjiEBlIjKiIFBJQ
Anchor: https://anchor.fm/vive-ecosse

Give us as much feedback as you can, it’s a first attempt, we’d love to know how it went!

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Exposed – the tory plan to boycott indyref2

Sighs of relief were felt in Tory Towers at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday following the verdict of the UK Supreme Court to deny the Scottish Government the ability to hold a second Independence referendum.

We can exclusively expose the secret Scottish Conservative plan to publicly boycott the referendum, should the court have ruled the opposite way.

While senior advisers and former MSP’s briefed that a plan to boycott could not be relied upon to stop independence, it is said to have been the preferred strategy of the Scottish branch.

It would seem they had not expected the court to be so blunt with its verdict – that in the event of the Scottish Government holding indyref 2 – that a positive result would in effect overrule the ‘sovereignty’ of the UK Parliament.

The party would likely have campaigned on a ‘Fake Referendum’ platform – trying to dissuade voters from turning out and creating such a high Yes vote – that it couldn’t have been regarded as legitimate.

The conundrum now facing the party is that the vote is being switched to a UK General Election, with a single issue as a manifesto, something they cannot boycott.

Likewise, a single issue general election to Westminster does not question the sovereignty of the UK Parliament – in fact it uses its power to deliver an independent country.

After all it was a certain famous Conservative Prime Minister that suggested that no politician would stand in the way of electoral success, through a majority of seats, when mandated for Scottish Independence.